Some teachers refusing to return to classroom, fearing coronavirus

Some teachers refusing to return to classroom, fearing coronavirus

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 12:54 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidelines for reopening schools this week, one of the CDC’s primary arguments for reopening schools this Fall is that K-12 students are “less likely” to get coronavirus than adults.

After those guidelines came out, some teachers have decided not to return to the classroom for fear for their own safety. Some who approve of in-person instruction are saying it’s essential.

RELATED: Updated CDC guidelines for reopening schools this fall

A recent poll found that one in five teachers say they are unlikely to go back to the classroom, fearing they will get sick. Nine out of 10 are worried about enforcing social distancing.

Action News Now has already learned that schools in Shasta County are set to have in-person instruction next month but schools in Butte County are on the watch list. That means schools in Butte County cannot hold in-person classes and will have to meet strict criteria for reopening.

RELATED: California governor outlines strict guidelines for schools

For one retired teacher, she says keeping kids 6 feet apart will not be easy.

“Kids are kids. Kids are going to do what kids do," shared Christina Curfman, a retired teacher. "They’re messy by nature, they’re social by nature. Keeping them 6 feet apart is a huge challenge.”

Many teachers fear that underfunded schools will not be able to meet with the challenge of keeping things safe.

The American Federation of Teachers estimates it will cost $2.3 million per school for cleaning supplies.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 530606

Reported Deaths: 9808
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Placer199819
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Napa10079
Sutter8406
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El Dorado6681
Lassen6320
Yuba5334
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Glenn3462
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Lake2111
Mono1461
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